Lionel Messi set to make Barcelona transfer statement as Man City wait on decision

Lionel Messi has reportedly pre-recorded a video message which will be released within hours confirming that he will remain at Barcelona for the upcoming season, despite initially telling the club he wishes to leave.

Messi faxed his transfer request to the club’s board under the belief that his contract allowed him to leave for free this summer.

However, Barca rejected the letter and insisted that the attacker could only walk away from the Nou Camp if his £640million release clause is met.

Manchester City were keeping a close eye on the Argentine’s situation as they considered reuniting him with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.

Messi’s father, Jorge, has been in Catalonia holding showdown talks with Barca since Wednesday.

And a decision has been made that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will remain with his current club until at least next summer.

Spanish news outlet Sphera Sports claims Messi has already recorded a video message which will be released this afternoon.

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